Funded Initiatives

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

List of funded initiatives by provinces and territories

  • ABC Life Literacy Canada

    In partnership with Youth Empowering Parents, the Teach a Parent initiative will engage and teach youth to improve the digital literacy levels of their parents, other adults and seniors in their communities. Youth trainers will develop their skills through online downloadable tutor guides, and will provide personalized instruction to adults on topics such as keyboard typing, Internet browsing, online safety and password protection, and accessing e-services.

    Training Languages: English and other languages.

    Funded up to: $660K

    ABC Life Literacy Canada website

    Teach a Parent
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Youth, adults, seniors and beginners Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec and Saskatchewan info@abclifeliteracy.ca
  • ACORN Canada

    The Smart Skills Initiative will offer train-the-trainer modules and workshops/drop-in sessions to connect learners with the skills and tools they need to participate in the digital economy. Participants will learn how to access affordable technology, use a word processor, protect their privacy online, and use the Internet to problem solve and access information.

    Training Languages: English and French.

    Funded up to: $104K

    ACORN Canada website

    Smart Skills Initiative
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners
    • British Columbia – Newton and Whalley
    • Nova Scotia – Dartmouth
    • Ontario – Ottawa and Toronto
    • Québec – Gatineau-Hull
    research@acorncanada.org
  • Alphabétisation IOTA

    The Connected Learners! initiative will deliver fundamental digital skills training for individuals with low levels of digital literacy knowledge. The training will be delivered through different strategies of presentation. Participant's learning pace will be taken into consideration and individual support will be provided as needed. Participants will learn how to operate a computer and mouse, how to save files, use a USB key, access the Internet safely and securely, send emails, and engage with social media.

    Training Languages: French

    Funded up to: $110K

    Alphabétisation IOTA website

    Connected Learners!
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Québec – Longueuil direction@alphaiota.ca
  • Altered Minds Inc.

    Altered Minds Inc. will deliver their Computers for Life initiative, which is a 2-level program that teaches digital skills to those who have limited exposure to computers. Participants will learn the basics of computer hardware/software and Internet safety, and how to use email, pay bills online, and access government services online. Parents will have access to childminding services during workshop sessions.

    Training Languages: English, French and interpretation available in other languages.

    Funded up to: $356K

    Altered Minds Inc. website

    Computers for Life
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, immigrants/newcomers to Canada with limited proficiency in English/French Manitoba - Winnipeg gracee@alteredminds.ca
  • Atelier 850

    The Connected Workshops initiative will provide digital literacy workshops to children and youth through Atelier's summer camp program and through courses during the school year. Through educative games and other teaching methods, participants will learn how to type, use a computer and word processing program, browse the Internet, send emails, protect their privacy online, and evaluate information found on the Web.

    Training Languages: French, with some learning materials in English.

    Funded up to: $112K

    Atelier 850 website

    Connected Workshops
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Children/youth beginners Québec - Montréal direction@atelier850.ca
  • Atikokan Literacy Inc.

    Atikokan Literacy Inc. will offer their Basics of Computers for Remote First Nations Communities initiative to help enhance computer and Internet knowledge to members of First Nations communities. Through the targeted training curriculum, participants will learn how to use the Internet, bank online, search for jobs online, and more.

    Training Languages: English, with the possibility of training in Indigenous languages.

    Funded up to: $31K

    Atikokan Literacy Inc. website

    Basics of Computers for Remote First Nations Communities
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Ontario – Lac la Croix and Seine River atikokan.literacy@gmail.com
  • Atwater Library and Computer Centre

    The Connecting People to a Digital Lifestyle initiative will provide people in the Greater Montreal region with basic digital skills training through collaborative projects and peer learning, hands-on workshops, lectures, group instruction, group discussions and one-on-one help. The teaching will emphasize confidence building and Internet uses that appeal to learners because they are useful and satisfying with obvious potential to improve their lives economically, socially and personally. Participants will learn how to navigate an operating system, use word processing and other programs, safely browse the Internet, engage on social media, avoid scams, and evaluate online information.

    Training Languages: English, with bilingual instructors who will accommodate French learners.

    Funded up to: $236K

    Atwater Library and Computer Centre website

    Connecting People to a Digital Lifestyle
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Québec – Greater Montréal region tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca
  • BIBLIOPRESTO.CA

    The National Digital Literacy in Libraries initiative will be delivered in Francophone libraries across Canada. Bibliopresto will deliver basic digital skills training to library staff and volunteers, who will then offer it to the public in the form of group and online training. Library patrons and others will learn how to use a computer and tablet, conduct Internet research, set up an email account, and stay safe online.

    Training Languages: French

    Funded up to: $2.93M

    Bibliopresto website

    National Digital Literacy in Libraries
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Quebec and other locations across Canada info@bibliopresto.ca
  • Burnaby Neighbourhood House

    The Pathways to Digital Access and Education project will provide digital skills training in Burnaby and surrounding regions for those who would like to increase their computer and Internet knowledge. Participants will learn how to browse the Internet safely, how to use word processing software, how to prevent phishing and hacking, and how to monitor children's use of technology.

    Training Languages: English, with multilingual language support.

    Funded up to: $400K

    Burnaby Neighbourhood House website

    Pathways to Digital Access and Education
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners British Columbia – Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver antoniab@burnabynh.ca
  • Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (CCCSA)

    The Technology Engagement Program will deliver customized digital literacy training in the skills necessary to engage with the digital economy. Participants will learn how to type, connect to the Internet and create an email account, browse the Internet for information, install apps, and stay safe and secure online. Language support will be available to non-English speakers.

    Training Languages: Language-specific classes for non-English speakers.

    Funded up to: $530K

    CCCSA website

    Technology Engagement Program
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Alberta - Calgary cccsa@cccsa.ca
  • Le Carrefour d'éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles

    The @LAB Sud-Ouest initiative will offer fundamental digital skills training in the form of group classes, one-to-one lessons, and free access to computer equipment and training for workers in the Southwest. Participants will learn fundamental computer skills such as how to email, browse the Internet, access on-line government resources, and use social media. Mobile training will also be offered to persons with disabilities and to isolated members of the community. Daycare available for daytime activities will also be available.

    Training Languages: French, with a bilingual instructor who speaks English.

    Funded up to: $212K

    Le Carrefour d'éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles website

    @LAB Sud-Ouest
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Québec - Montréal carrefour.anim@csdm.qc.ca
  • Centre alpha Le Tracé Inc.

    The Me and the Internet initiative will use a mobile training lab to deliver basic digital skills training across several municipalities in MRC Domaine-du-Roy and in MRC Maria-Chapdelaine, and on the Mashteuiatsh Indigenous community. Participants will learn how to use tablets and other technological devices, and will discover the many possibilities of Internet use, including browsing, online shopping, and connecting with others online.

    Training Languages: French

    Funded up to: $299K

    Centre alpha Le Tracé Inc. website

    Me and the Internet
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Québec - MRC Domaine-du-Roy, Lac-Saint-Jean, MRC Maria-Chapdelaine, Lac-Saint-Jean and Community Mashteuiatsh julienni@cspaysbleuets.qc.ca
  • Chinook Arch Library System

    The Digital Literacy Librarian initiative will deliver fundamental digital skills classes to library staff and patrons at libraries in southwestern Alberta. Interpreters and translated materials will be offered to non-English speakers, and people with disabilities will have access to assistive technologies (visual and auditory). Participants will learn basics in word processing, Internet, email, online safety and cloud computing.

    Training Languages: English, with interpretation and translation available in French, Dutch, German, Spanish and South Asian languages.

    Funded up to: $439K

    Chinook Arch Library System website

    Digital Literacy Librarian
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Alberta lweekes@chinookarch.ca
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

    The Connecting with Technology initiative will deliver basic digital skills training across Canada. Trainings will be held in-person and through tele-conference, and will introduce participants with sight loss to assistive and adaptive technologies to increase knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and information management in the world of digital literacy. Participants will learn how to use apps, email, social media, search engines and other communication tools safely and effectively to participate in the digital economy and their communities.

    Training Languages: English, with translation available upon request.

    Funded up to: $1.27M

    CNIB website

    Connecting with Technology
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia and other locations across Canada info@cnib.ca
  • Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CSC NL)

    The TechKNOWtutors initiative will recruit and train youth in Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver basic digital skills training in their communities. Youth tutors will offer learning clinics at CSC NL, through mobile labs in rural regions, and by telephone. Participants will learn how to access the Internet, use browsers, web forms, and applications, navigate school websites, bank and pay bills online, and access government services online. Training will also emphasize Internet safety and security.

    Training Languages: English (with interpretation in some circumstances when dealing with newcomers/immigrants).

    Funded up to: $885K

    CSC NL website

    TechKNOWtutors initiative
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Youth, adults, seniors and beginners Newfoundland and Labrador – Bay de Verde, Bonavista Peninsula, Central Labrador, North East Avalon and St. John's Metro Region pennyrowe@cscnl.ca
  • Digital Nova Scotia

    The Tech Shy to Tech Savvy initiative will offer fundamental digital skills training through an interactive, peer-learning model combined with group-based workshops. Participants will become proficient in everyday computer skills and will gain the knowledge they need to browse the Internet, use social media, and conduct e-commerce safely and effectively.

    Training Languages: English

    Funded up to: $528K

    Digital Nova Scotia website

    Tech Shy to Tech Savvy
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Nova Scotia – Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Halifax Regional Municipality and South Shore Tyler Farmer
    tyler@digitalnovascotia.com
  • Fredericton Area Network Inc. (the FAN)

    The Digital Literacy Clubs project will provide an opportunity for individuals to develop digital literacy skills and join a Digital Literacy Club (DLC) within communities across New Brunswick. This initiative compliments the FAN members' usual pursuit of rebuilding and refurbishing computers. The FAN members will provide the DLCs with training, instructions, equipment and technical advice and will provide continuous IT support for those communities and their DLCs.

    Training Languages: English and French, with accommodations for training in other languages.

    Funded up to: $50K

    Fredericton Area Network Inc. website

    Digital Literacy Clubs
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Seniors and beginners New Brunswick - Fredericton Area, Fredericton Junction, Harvey, Nackawic and Stanley cgrady@nb.sympatico.ca
  • Gluu Technology Society

    The Gluu Digital Coaching Network initiative will deliver basic digital skills training to seniors across British Columbia. Gluu Technology Society will recruit and support a network of 'digital peer coaches' able to offer digital skills training and support to seniors in their community. Participants will learn a variety of skills including: how to safely use public WIFI, securely browse the Internet, manage online accounts, identify fraudulent emails, use video calling, understand social media, and access online government services.

    Training Languages: English, with French instruction and translation available.

    Funded up to: $207K

    Gluu Digital Coaching Network
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Seniors and beginners British Columbia – Multiple Locations hello@gluusociety.org
  • Guelph Public Library (GPL)

    The Fostering a Connected Community: GPL Mobile Classroom initiative will give participants the basic skills necessary to meaningfully participate in the digital economy. Participants will learn how to use word processing software, email and communicate via online platforms, store and manage information on the cloud, and utilize best practices for Internet safety. Training will be tailored to participants' interests and cultural, physical and spiritual requirements.

    Training Languages:  English, with interpretation available in French.

    Funded up to: $20K

    GPL website

    Fostering a Connected Community: GPL Mobile Classroom
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Ontario - Guelph Meg Forestell-Page
    mforestell@guelphpl.ca
  • Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)

    The DigitALL initiative will open a door to digital learning by offering accessible digital literacy classes, drop-in sessions, and micro-credentialing workshops. Participants will learn the basics of word processing and how to use the Internet to find information, interact and collaborate with others, buy and sell online, and practice safe and responsible digital citizenship. The initiative will also educate teachers who would benefit from implementing digital technologies in the classroom.

    Training Languages: English, with translated materials in French.

    Funded up to: $1.33M

    ICTAM website

    DigitALL
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, beginners and teachers Manitoba – Interlake, The Pas, Thompson and Winnipeg info@ictam.ca
  • Literacy Link South Central (LLSC)

    The Community Tech Connect initiative will use targeted and 'Pop-up' programming to deliver fundamental digital skills training. Participants will learn hardware components and word processing skills, and how to browse the Internet, use social media, and protect themselves online. LLSC will also be adapting their training curriculum to meet the needs of various people including those with a disability, indigenous people and Francophones.

    Training Languages: English, French and Accessible Formats including ASL.

    Funded up to: $355K

    LLSC website

    Community Tech Connect
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Ontario – Elgin, Haldimand, London, Middlesex, Norfolk and Oxford Counties literacylink@llsc.on.ca
  • MediaSmarts

    The DigitalSmarts Program will train YWCA facilitators in various cities across Canada to deliver basic digital literacy programming in their facilities. The resulting YWCA workshops will be tailored to the specific needs of each community, covering topics such as how to search the Internet effectively, shopping and banking online, using social media, job searching, and protecting their privacy and security online.

    Training Languages: English and French, with interpretation in other languages.

    Funded up to: $1.1M

    MediaSmarts website

    DigitalSmarts Program
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Youth, adults, seniors and beginners
    • Alberta – Lethbridge
    • Manitoba – Brandon
    • New Brunswick – Moncton
    • Nova Scotia – Halifax
    • Ontario – Cambridge, Hamilton and Muskoka
    • Saskatchewan – Prince Albert
    projectmanager@mediasmarts.ca
  • Palliser Regional Library

    The Digital Literacy in South Central Saskatchewan training initiative will give participants the awareness, confidence, and skills required to use the Internet safely for banking, shopping, education, and social connection. Training will be tailored around local farming, ranching and mill-shut down schedules to cater to the unique needs of South Central Saskatchewan's rural population.

    Training Languages: English

    Funded up to: $192K

    Palliser Regional Library website

    Digital Literacy in South Central Saskatchewan
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners to intermediate learners Saskatchewan - Moose Jaw and South Central Saskatchewan digital@palliserlibrary.ca
  • Parkland County Library Board

    The Tech4Parkland initiative will provide basic digital skills training at library branches and community facilities throughout Parkland County and Paul First Nation Reserve. Innovative course sessions will cover such topics as 'Computer Fundamentals' and 'Why Should I Care about Fake News and Staying Safe Online?' Library patrons who attend training can borrow a laptop or tablet to further enhance their skills.

    Training Languages: English and French, with interpretation available in other languages.

    Funded up to: $47K

    Parkland County Library Board website

    Tech4Parkland
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Alberta – Parkland County adaum@pclibraries.ca
  • Peel Multicultural Council

    The Enabling Under-Represented Groups to Participate in the Digital Economy initiative will enable participants to use the Internet in their daily lives and gain the confidence and skills to participate in the digital economy. Flexible scheduling will be offered at multiple locations, and interpretation and translation will be available in several languages.

    Training Languages: English, Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog.

    Funded up to: $750K

    Peel Multicultural Council website

    Enabling Under-Represented Groups to Participate in the Digital Economy
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Ontario – Brampton and Mississauga Numan Tarin
    numan@peelmc.com
  • Pinnguaq

    The Te(a)ch initiative will bring basic digital skills training to communities across Arctic Canada. Participants will learn how to use a computer, keyboard, and mouse, navigate an operating system, browse the Internet, create an email account, and access and use free software for business, learning, and productivity. Trainers will travel to reach learners in remote locations.

    Training Languages: English, with ASL interpretation available, and translated materials in Inuktitut, Cree, and other languages.

    Funded up to: $2.86M

    Pinnguaq website

    Te(a)ch
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario and Québec      www.pinnguaq.com
  • Réseau Internet de Brossard

    The IT for everyone: an essential need initiative will offer fundamental digital literacy training in the form of interactive group sessions, individual courses, and themed workshops. Participants will learn how to use computers and tablets, send emails, engage in social media, and use the Internet to gain personal autonomy and independence.

    Training Languages: French, with interpretation and translation available in English and other languages.

    Funded up to: $847K

    Réseau Internet de Brossard website

    IT for everyone: an essential need
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Québec - Brossard reseauinternet.brossard@videotron.ca
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

    The Immigrant Seniors Go Digital Project will enhance the digital literacy skills of seniors who are newcomers to Canada. In group classes and one-on-one tutorials, participants will learn how to use a digital device, create an email account, and surf the Internet safely and effectively. Training will also cover social networking, digital photo management, and accessing online government services.

    Training Languages: English, with translation in other languages.

    Funded up to: $332K

    S.U.C.C.E.S.S. website

    Immigrant Seniors Go Digital Project
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Newcomer seniors and beginners British Columbia – Coquitlam, Richmond and Vancouver digital.literacy@success.bc.ca
  • Société d'aide au développement des collectivités (SADC) Centre-de-la-Mauricie

    The IT Access for Seniors initiative will provide senior participants with the skills and knowledge needed to use a keyboard, browse the Internet, engage in social media, and critically evaluate online sources and materials. Flexible scheduling will be offered, and course material will be adapted for each learner's skill level and interests.

    Training Languages: French

    Funded up to: $138K

    SADC Centre-de-la-Mauricie website

    IT Access for Seniors
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Seniors and beginners Québec - Centre-de-la-Mauricie info@sadccm.ca
  • Skills Canada Saskatchewan

    The Digital Literacy Skill Development initiative will deliver fundamental digital skills training to Indigenous learners, including young adults and community elders. Training will take the form of individualized sessions and 'sharing circles' in a culturally sensitive learning environment. Participants will learn the basics of word processing programs and how to safely navigate the Internet, use financial management tools, and use email and social media.

    Training Languages: English, Dene and Other Indigenous dialects.

    Funded up to: $466K

    Skills Canada Saskatchewan website

    Digital Literacy Skill Development
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Youths, adults, seniors and beginners Saskatchewan Colin Phippard
    colinp@skillscanada.com
  • Stony Plain Public Library

    The Act Social Lab Digital Outreach Initiative will deliver basic-to-intermediate digital skills training in west-central Alberta. Participants will learn how to navigate the Internet, use cloud-based storage and collaboration tools, and stay safe online. Later classes will cover more advanced topics such as digital economy readiness, and blogging and social media for employability.

    Training Languages: English, with French training available.

    Funded up to: $300K

    Stony Plain Public Library website

    Act Social Lab Digital Outreach Initiative
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults beginners/intermediates Alberta – Parkland County and Stony Plain Allison Stewart
    Info@mysppl.ca
  • Tides Canada Initiatives Society

    The Digital NWT initiative will provide digital literacy resources and courses customized to the unique needs of Indigenous peoples and residents in the Northwest Territories (NWT). A team of community-based instructors will offer digital skills training in each of the five NWT regions. Participants will learn how to use digital devices, browse the Internet, manage data, and navigate the Internet safely and securely.

    Training Languages: English, with translation of materials into French, and some translation support available during courses in Gwich'in, Inuvialuktun, Tłı̨chǫ, North Slavey, and/or South Slavey.

    Funded up to: $2.7M

    Tides Canada Initiatives Society website

    Digital NWT
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Northwest Territories – Dehcho, Inuvik, North Slave, Sahtú, South Slave and Yellowknife digitalnwt@ualberta.ca
  • Townshippers' Association

    The Digital Literacy for the Community initiative will help local community members engage in the digital economy and become both consumers and producers of Internet content. Participants will learn basic computer and word processing skills and how to browse the Internet, evaluate online information, upload user-generated content, use email, and store information on the cloud.

    Training Languages: English and French.

    Funded up to: $41K

    Townshippers' Association website

    Digital Literacy for the Community
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Québec - Brome-Mississquoi and Haute-Yamaska Regions www.townshippers.qc.ca
  • Vision Gaspé-Percé Now

    The Computer Savvy Courses initiative will increase basic digital literacy skills and knowledge in the Gaspé and surrounding areas. After learning how to operate computers and other digital devices, participants will learn how to safely browse the Internet, shop and sell online, and trouble-shoot technology problems when they arise.

    Training Languages: English and French.

    Funded up to: $151K

    Vision Gaspé-Percé Now website

    Computer Savvy Courses
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults, seniors and beginners Québec - Gaspé and surrounding areas j.synnott@vgpn.ca
  • YMCA of the Greater Toronto Area

    The Y Digital Skills Literacy Program will deliver fundamental computer and Internet literacy training in YMCA locations and other community centers across Canada. Participants will learn how to use basic computer software, search for and navigate webpages, use social media, and protect themselves online. Customized technology support and coaching will be available to those who need it, and learning materials will be provided for reference beyond the training.

    Training Languages: English, with French translated materials.

    Funded up to: $2.65M

    YMCA of the Greater Toronto Area website

    Y Digital Skills Literacy Program
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Youth, adults, seniors and beginners
    • Alberta – Edmonton and Grand Prairie Areas
    • Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John's and Area
    • British Columbia – Vancouver and area
    • Ontario – Greater Toronto Area
    Adela Colhon
    adela.colhon@ymcagta.org
  • Yukon Learn Society

    The Yukon Digital Roadshow initiative will use a mobile lab to bring basic digital skills training to communities across the territory. Participants will learn about computer hardware and how to manage folders, browse the Internet, shop online, and use programs and applications in everyday life. Training will also emphasize Internet safety and how to protect personal information online.

    Training Languages: English, with French translation also available if requested in Whitehorse.

    Funded up to: $544K

    Yukon Learn Society website

    Yukon Digital Roadshow
    For whom? Where? Contact information
    Adults and beginners Yukon - Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing, Carcross, Carmacks, Dawson City, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo, Old Crow, Pelly Crossing, Ross River, Teslin, Watson Lake, and Whitehorse admin@yukonlearn.com 1-888-668-6280
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